The United States Tennis Association has named Loyola University Chicago Club Tennis President Cameron Burnett as its USTA Tennis On Campus Leader of the Year for the 2009-2010 season.
The award is presented to the college student who has made significant contributions to the USTA’s Tennis On Campus program in a manner that benefits the well being of their fellow students and the surrounding community.
Since 2006, Burnett has helped transform the Loyola University Chicago Club Tennis Team from a small handful of players to what is today the largest (82 players) and most diverse club sports team at Loyola – and has done so despite the fact that Loyola has only two tennis courts on campus.
“We are very proud to present this award to Cameron Burnett,” said Glenn Arrington, National Manager of the USTA’s Tennis On Campus program. “Cameron is an outstanding example of someone who is both passionate about the sport of tennis and about giving back to his local community.”
When Loyola’s club tennis team was unable to practice during the winter months, Burnett met with the school’s athletic department and arranged for his team to practice and train in Loyola’s Division I indoor athletics facilities. Cameron also has been instrumental in giving back to the local community by organizing free youth clinics, working with athletes from Special Olympics and raising money for various other local charities.
The USTA Tennis On Campus program will present Burnett his award during the 2010 USTA National Campus Championship, which will be held April 15-17, 2010, at the award-winning Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz.
The National Campus Championship features 64 co-ed teams representing colleges and universities throughout the nation, utilizing the World TeamTennis format of play.
The Tennis On Campus program is designed to provide college students with opportunities for team camaraderie, social networking and competition, without the rigors of a varsity program. Perfect for athletes who have chosen not to make the jump from high school to college varsity, Tennis On Campus offers match play, regional and national championship competition, while helping students maintain active and healthy lifestyles through their college years.
Since its inception in 2000, the Tennis On Campus program has grown to over 500 colleges and 35,000 student athlete participants. With approximately 350,000 students playing high school tennis nationwide and only 6% of those having an opportunity to play college varsity tennis, the USTA Tennis On Campus program fills a tremendous void on campuses around the country.
Check out the Tennis On Campus website at www.tennisoncampus.com for complete results, stories and photos. The Tennis On Campus website also offers all college clubs fundraising resources, coaching tips and marketing materials.
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